It’s a full slate of NHL betting action on Sunday with eight games on the card. We’ve got two separate previews of the Boston Bruins-Chicago Blackhawks as well as the Dallas Stars-Minnesota Wild matchups. On top of that, we’ve got three more previews and picks below:
Nashville Predators vs. Buffalo Sabres
Odds: Predators -250
The Predators are coming off a sour loss in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 3-2 shootout result. However, they should be able to get back on track against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, who are one of the league’s most incompetent teams. Buffalo has lost five of six and having a really tough time scoring goals. They’ve totaled just 12 goals in their last eight games and that could be an issue if they’re facing Pekka Rinne on Sunday. If that’s the case, then the Predators will be the pick on the puck line. However, since it’s a back-to-back situation, we might see Carter Hutton in net for Nashville. If that’s the case, we’ll go over the number as Hutton hasn’t been particularly reliable. He has given up at least three goals eight of his last 12 starts and considering Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth has a goals-against average of 3.06, it makes sense to go over.
NHL Pick: Predators -1.5 or Over 5 at Bodog
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche
Odds: Lightning -110
Both the Lightning and Avalanche come into Sunday’s matchup having won three of their last four starts, which is something you should keep in mind when looking over the NHL betting odds. However, I like the Lightning as the better team overall. That’s mostly because their offense has been fairly consistent recently and should be able to carry the load on the road in this spot. They’ve averaged 3.22 goals per game this month, which puts them at fourth overall.
The Avs don’t hold that much of a home-ice advantage as they are only a 50/50 shot at the Pepsi Center. They’ve managed just 15 wins and 15 losses in their 30 home games this season. That being the case, we’ll take a shot with the Lightning on Sunday.
NHL Pick: Lightning -110 at Pinnacle
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers
Odds: Rangers -195
The New York Rangers have been forced to live with Cam Talbot as their starting goaltender while Henrik Lundqvist remains out. As a result, they’ve found themselves playing a different style of hockey than they are accustomed to. Normally, they play low-scoring, defensive showdowns but they’ve been forced to play a lot of shootouts recently. The average goals in a game started by Talbot in his last five is 8.8.
As for the Blue Jackets, they’re without Sergei Bobrovsky, so it’s either Curtis McElhinney, who started on Saturday against Montreal and has given up an average of 2.6 goals per game over his last five. Or it could be Anton Forsberg, who has a 4.84 GAA this season and an .864 save percentage. At any rate, the Rangers are the league’s highest-scoring team in February (4.20 goals per game) and should be able to help us get the over for our NHL pick.
NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at The Greek